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Discovery Education Espresso News for primary schools shortlisted for prestigious industry prize

Discovery Education Espresso News has been announced as a finalist at next year’s prestigious BETT AWARDS, in the Primary Digital Content category. Produced in partnership with ITN Productions, Espresso News brings the world’s biggest news stories to thousands of primary school classrooms every day – delivering dynamic age-appropriate content to help children engage with current affairs.  Featuring daily and weekly video bulletins, and a range of on-demand resources including newspaper… Read more
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Reading charity launches national campaign to encourage more men to volunteer as reading helpers in schools   

Reading charity Beanstalk has launched a national campaign to encourage more male volunteers to train as reading helpers to support children who struggle with reading in primary schools and early years settings.   Beanstalk trains volunteers who deliver vital one-to-one support across England to children aged 3-13 who lack essential language and reading skills. However, according to the Charity, just 16% of its current volunteers across the country are men, a trend which has seen little change… Read more
LGfL partners with Google to help schools upgrade their old computers

Not-for-profit LGfL partners with Google to help schools upgrade their old computers

Not-for-profit LGfL (London Grid for Learning) has joined forces with Google and Neverware to provide free of charge to its 3,500 community of schools Neverware’s CloudReady operating system, which enables schools to revitalize their old hardware, save money and accelerate their technology plans by giving students the same simple and secure computing experience as can be obtained on a Chromebook.  PCs running Neverware’s CloudReady operating system can be used primarily while connected to the… Read more
A Lack Of Real-World Experience Is Putting Children At Risk

A Lack Of Real-World Experience Is Putting Children At Risk

A new report released on Outdoor Classroom Day proves the importance of getting outdoors on children’s mental health and environmental awareness. Today marks the return of Outdoor Classroom Day: the world-wide campaign which calls on millions of children around the world to get outdoors and prioritise outdoor learning and play. This year, over 530,000 children across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) will be ditching their desks for the school grounds in support of the global initiative. … Read more
John Edwards - Scottish independent schools director

Scottish independent schools provide £51 million in fee assistance this academic year

Figures released by the Scottish Council for Independent Schools (SCIS) have revealed that Independent Schools in Scotland have provided in excess of £51 million in fee assistance during the current academic year (2018 / 2019). The data, collected from SCIS’s 74 member schools, shows that 24.6% of mainstream pupils (7204) received means tested assistance (£30,807,706), with 573 pupils (3.2%) benefiting from 100% fee assistance.  A further £20,301,772 was awarded to children on non-means tested… Read more
Chancellor Philip Hammond, who announced the Autumn Budget

Autumn Budget 2018: The same cash for schools as potholes is “infuriating”

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced the government’s Autumn Budget, saying it is investing “record amounts” in schools. The Chancellor pledged more cash to pay for “little extras” – a choice of language which was deemed “patronising” by critics who said it was too little, too late. The amount added to the schools spending will be the same as pledged to fix potholes. As teaching unions called for more funding to end the school cuts crisis, and the Prime Minster telling the country that “… Read more
Schools and teachers involved in the PIE project

Schools Urged to Take a Slice of the PIE

A North-East charity that connects education with the world of business is urging Primary schools in the region to follow the enterprising example of a school in Darlington to win the chance of a £5000 prize. Newcastle based charity, Primary Inspiration Through Enterprise - PIE - recently named Reid Street Primary School in Darlington as the North-East's most enterprising school after they won the final challenge in a unique project. The challenge helped young people to develop the knowledge… Read more
Students & Teachers from Ormiston Academies Trust

Ormiston Academies Trust secures landmark £2 million funding

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) has today announced that it has secured £2 million funding, thanks to the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign - to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities. Ormiston Academies Trust has been awarded £1m through the #iwill Fund, made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for… Read more
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Hey Ants extends file transfer service offer to include teachers, educators and students

Hey Ants (www.heyants.com), the popular global file transfer platform, has extended its offer to include the education sector.   Teachers, educators and students are being invited to use the service for free or take advantage of a special package price for the higher volume tier - https://www.heyants.com/teachers-offer   Originally created as a business tool to facilitate collaboration between creative types such as photographers, designers, visual artists, architects and musicians, the… Read more
The Education Training Hub - Early Years

The Education Training Hub - Early Years

The Education Training Hub (TETH) are delighted to announce the launch of The Early Years Training Hub from the 20th of November 2018, featuring June O'Sullivan, an expert member of its advisory board, as the keynote speaker. The event will be held from 1pm to 4pm at Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AF. With high-quality and affordable online training, written and reviewed by Early Years experts and inspectors, the Hub will change the face of training for Early Years and childcare providers… Read more
Gillian Keegan MP meets pupils from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Kirkby as part of Future First alumni programme.

MP goes back to school to inspire pupils through Future First

An MP has returned to school in Kirkby to help broaden primary pupils’ jobs horizons and boost their career aspirations, with education charity Future First. Gillian Keegan, who grew up in Knowsley and is now the Conservative MP for Chichester, visited Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Moorfield, Tower Hill, Kirkby, to share her journey from a local girl to Westminster with Year 6 students and to discuss the pupils’ jobs aspirations and how they might achieve them.  She… Read more
Accrington and Rossendale College - Higher Education Awards 2018

Accrington and Rossendale College - Higher Education Awards 2018

Tuesday 9 October saw Accrington Town Hall become a busy hive of activity as former students of Accrington and Rossendale celebrated their outstanding achievements with an Awards and Graduation Ceremony.  Wendy Higgin, Vice Principal at Accrington and Rossendale College, opened up the evening welcoming students and tutors to the event, with Assistant Principal, Charlotte Scheffmann, taking to the stage afterwards to share the highlights of Higher Education at the college over the last academic… Read more
Bristol-based 3P Learning scoops Teach Early Years Award

Bristol-based 3P Learning scoops Teach Early Years Award

Bristol-based 3P Learning scoops Teach Early Years Award for its learning resource Mathseeds and a Teach Primary Award for its Mathletics program. Bristol-based 3P Learning, worldwide leader in online education and creator of curriculum-mapped resources covering mathematics, spelling and literacy, is celebrating a double success after winning a Teach Early Years Award for its resource Mathseeds and a Teach Primary Award for its Mathletics program. Mathseeds, a digital maths resource created… Read more
10% of children in ‘stranger chats’ have been asked to undress

10% of children in ‘stranger chats’ have been asked to undress

One in ten children who video chat with strangers have been asked to change or undress on camera, according to a survey. This is just one of the startling statistics revealed in Hopes and Streams – the UK’s largest nationwide online safety survey (40,000 children). Children aged seven to 16 were polled by LGfL DigiSafe, the safeguarding arm of the London Grid for Learning. Some key findings from the research included: · Youngest pupils (aged seven and eight) were just as likely to be asked to… Read more
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3 Money-Saving University Tips to Pass on to Your Students

You’ve mentored your pupils through their A Levels and they’ve secured a place at their chosen University. While it may feel like the important work is done, there are many more lessons to share (beyond the syllabus), that will prove valuable as they embark on university life. Of course, factors such as making new friends and keeping track of deadlines will be high up on their list of challenges, but the biggest challenge of all for new students is learning how to budget and manage money.… Read more
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Reaction to Labour Party’s plans to scrap academies

Following The Labour Party’s reported shift to a more hard-line policy on schools, and subsequent pledge to scrap the current academies system – where institutions operate outside of local authority networks and are increasingly grouped together in trusts – an education recruiter has warned of the risk of intensifying existing teacher shortages. Currently 66% of secondary schools and 29% of primaries operate as Academies, with more than 1,000 more conversions in the pipeline. Commenting on… Read more
Sarah Wins National Digital Challenge

County Durham Pupil 'Makes World Bigger' To Win National Digital Challenge

A County Durham pupil is celebrating after winning one of the top prizes in a popular annual challenge for primary schools. Sarah Johnson-Frost, 9, from Crook Primary School has been announced as a winner of Make Your World Bigger 2018, a video challenge designed to keep children learning during the summer holidays.  Organised by Discovery Education, the competition encourages pupils to join a 30-day film adventure, watching a daily Discovery video clip to learn something new. Nearly 8000… Read more
School safety mobile app

School safety in the palm of your hands

Scott Deutschman, EVP Mobile Platforms at DMI   The recent and incredibly tragic school shootings in the US has increased the focus on school and campus safety exponentially. Even with the UK’s stricter gun laws, the risk of injury or death is still very real for UK education institutions.   The issue is particularly acute due to the lack of security personnel at schools. There is an urgent need for schools to become more secure, while on the flip side, not turning schools into prisons… Read more
Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

There’s no denying that schools and colleges have benefitted from the development of increasingly sophisticated technology for the classroom and back office. However, with innovation comes greater tech vulnerability, and it is critical to protect sensitive student and staff data. Printers aren’t typically considered the front line of cyber security, but ever-increasing hard drive space means they shouldn’t be overlooked when assessing your school’s vulnerability to data breaches.  The 2018… Read more
Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

Improve document security by investing in the right education printing solutions

There’s no denying that schools and colleges have benefitted from the development of increasingly sophisticated technology for the classroom and back office. However, with innovation comes greater tech vulnerability, and it is critical to protect sensitive student and staff data. Printers aren’t typically considered the front line of cyber security, but ever-increasing hard drive space means they shouldn’t be overlooked when assessing your school’s vulnerability to data breaches.  The 2018… Read more